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Healthy Baked Banana Chips

Healthy Baked Banana Chips Recipe – These simple 2-ingredient chips make marvelous snacks packed with fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron!

Wonderful banana chip recipe in a bowl ready for you to consume!

Nutritious Snack Time

Looking for more nutritious options to make for your family or friends? Today we add Healthy Baked Banana Chips to our repertoire of healthy baked snack recipes.

We all know “fresh is best” and we should eat more fruits and veggies. Bananas are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and nutrients.

Yet it is not always doable to carry fresh fruits and veggies with us throughout our busy days. It is rather unpleasant to discover that your lovely fresh banana has turned into a black mushy mess inside your bag.

There are times when you just want something different. Healthy Baked Banana Chips are a great solution!

You can find banana chips in nearly every grocery, health food, and even convenience store. Yet most of those pre-packaged imposters are fried in oil and coated with ingredients you want to avoid.

The mass-produced banana chips may not be quite as virtuous as you would like to think. So why not make your own?

Our Healthy Baked Banana Chips are so basic and so simple to make. I have made them in a food dehydrator for years, but you don’t have to go out and purchase a new piece of kitchen hardware to make them in your own home.

Your oven will do quite nicely.

No frying is required, and no preservatives are necessary. A few bananas and a couple of lemons are all it takes.

Grab a handful of chips to snack on

Simple Baked Banana Chips

Now, you can make as many Healthy Baked Banana Chips as you like. However,  most ovens will only hold two to three baking sheets at once, and it does take a bit of time to dry them out.

Think of the tortoise and the hare analogy… Slow and steady wins the race. Low and slow is the way to go when baking bananas as well.

The goal here is not to cook the banana slices to death. Instead, we want to cause evaporation, thus preserving the bananas from decomposition.

The thinner the slices are, the more quickly they will dry.

Making Healthy Baked Banana Chips is a perfect multi-tasking opportunity.

Once the bananas are sliced, dipped in lemon juice, and placed on a parchment-covered baking sheet, you have about three hours to relax and enjoy a favorite activity.

Or check a few items off your “To Do” list. Just make sure to stick around the house so you can flip the banana slices over halfway through cooking.

Healthy Baked Banana Chips are an ideal portable snack. Add them to granola, baked goods, salads, and yogurt for a little edible excitement!

Using a mandolin slicer to cut up the bananas

What Ingredients You Will Need

  • Firm Bananas
  • Lemons
  • Optional Toppings: sea salt, cinnamon, cayenne pepper

That is all you need!

Laying these banana chips out on a cookie sheet to bake in the oven

How To Make Banana  Chips

  1. Slice. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Peel and slice the bananas into 1/16th to 1/8th inch slices. A mandolin slicer makes the job much easier.
  2. Prepare. Dip or brush the banana slices with lemon juice placing them close together on parchment lined baking sheets.
  3. Bake. Bake in the oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. They should be able to be peeled off parchment easily, flip banana chips over and continue baking approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours longer until desired dryness is achieved.

Tips and Tricks

  • Check the banana slices occasionally to make sure they are not over cooking. 
  • They will crisp up as they cool and become firm and leathery, yet remain flexible. 
  • Allow them to cool completely before storing in an airtight container in a cool dark place. For long-term storage, refrigerate or freeze. 
Baked to perfection and golden brown

Frequently Asked Questions 

When Do You Add The Optional Toppings?

The optional seasonings should go on the banana before you start baking them in the oven. 

How Long Do These Last? 

Oven dried bananas can stay in your pantry or fridge inside an airtight container or ziplock for up to 2 weeks. 

How Do You Serve These Bananas?

You can use these bananas in your favorite fruit dip, yogurt dip, chocolate dip, peanut butter or sprinkle on ice cream. You can even add this as a healthier option to our healthy homemade trail mix recipe. 

You and your whole family can enjoy these tasty treats

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Healthy Baked Banana Chips

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Healthy Baked Banana Chips Recipe – These simple 2-ingredient chips make marvelous snacks packed with fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron!
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 firm bananas
  • 2 lemons, juiced

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Peel and slice the bananas into 1/16th to 1/8th inch slices. A mandolin slicer makes the job much easier.
  • Dip or brush the banana slices with lemon juice placing them close together on parchment lined baking sheets.
  • Bake in the oven for 1-1 1/2 hours. They should be able to be peeled off parchment easily, flip banana chips over and continue baking approximately 1-1 1/2 hours longer until desired dryness is achieved.
  • Check banana chips occasionally to make sure the are not over cooking. They will crisp up as they cool and become firm and leathery, yet remain flexible. Allow them to cool completely before storing in an airtight container in a cool dark place. For long-term storage, refrigerate or freeze.

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Notes

Try them sprinkled with sea salt, cinnamon, or cayenne pepper as well!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 120kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 496mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 75IU, Vitamin C: 38.9mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 0.6mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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14 comments on “Healthy Baked Banana Chips”

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  2. I assume you sprinkle with sea salt, cinnamon, or cayenne pepper after the lemon juice and before baking. Is that correct?

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  4. Amazing

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  12. I always loved banana chips but never made them. I’ll try it this weekend. Thanks Sommer!